The Waterfront Hotel
23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Chill out time
"Very friendly staff, worth paying for a sea view room with balcony. Great views over the harbor to Valletta, we took some wonderful photos. Location is ideal for ferry, shops & buses, plenty of places to eat within walking distance. Breakfast was good with something for everyone. Buy a 7 day bus ticket at the office just past the Valletta ferry on the promenade & you will get a route map. Easy to use the buses like UK they have computerized signs & announcements for stops. Would use this hotel again just to relax on the roof terrace , small pool but enough to cool off. Needs some upgrading/decorating but that wouldn't put us off returning."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of September 2016
"Just back from a week's break via Thomas Cook, staying at The Waterfront. Anyone who complains about the food needs to get a life. Excellent breakfasts and the choice of two restaurants for dinner at prices that could not be matched outside. OK, so there's not a gym on site and no tea-making facilities in rooms. But it's not a 5* hotel and we had NO complaints about the service we received. Would happily return tomorrow given the chance. "
- Travel date: Tue 11th of February 2014
A Superb Hotel in the best location.
"As frequent Travellers we have become accustomed to foreign " star" ratings. The Waterfront is one of the nicest Hotels we have stayed in. The Rooms are nicely furnished and very clean. The Staff are friendly and the two Restaurants very good. The Hotel also has a rooftop Pool, but during our stay we were too busy to use it. If possible book a room with a view of the Creek and Valetta beyond; it's well worth the extra, for the view alone. We would stay here again definately. "
- Travel date: Mon 21st of January 2013
good hotel,good food,good location and friendly,courteous staff
"Spotless hotel with wonderful view of Valetta beyond Sliema creek.
The food was good,all self service,with a very good selection both at breakfast and dinner.
Our room was on the front of the hotel and was lovely-loads of hot water but no tea/coffee making facilities,which was a shame...otherwise we would have given 10/10 .
Sliema is a great location,quite upmarket,good shops,perfectly situated to sightsee Malta,just a short busride to Valetta and on main busroute for most of island;other transport includes Sliema ferry to Valetta and water taxi too.
Will definitely return to Malta and stay at The Waterfront.
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of March 2012
Great Hotel close to Valletta
"We have just come back from a lovely 11 night break in Sliema Malta. During this time we stayed at the Waterfront Hotel for the duration of our Holiday.
Seaview Room: we had a room facing the sea on the third floor and the views were fabulous. The room was bright and nicely decorated albeit the bathroom could do with a bit of a facelift . That said we always had hot water and the maid cleaned the room daily and supplied fresh towels if the old ones were either left in the bath or on the floor.
There is a safe in the room operated by a six digit pin number which is free of charge. There is also a mini bar in the room stocked with soft drinks beer and spirits at reasonable prices for a hotel. We put our own water in this which we bought from the shop next to the Kebab shop downstairs which was 3 Euro for 12 bottles of 500ml equivalent to 25 cents a bottle.
The Aircon in the room only operates effectively from 4pm in the afternoon until 11pm at night which was not too bad but it did leave the room stuffy in the morning. I asked Jonathan about this in Reception and he was honest and helpful about it. Maybe if the hotel put it on for a boost for 1hr at say 2am it would help.
As previous posters have mentioned you do get traffic noise but it did not keep me awake but it is not pleasant to sit on the small balcony with all the noise and also loose the aircon function in the room.
Restaurant: The restaurant is on the first floor and we only ate their at breakfast. There are 3 choices of serial, cold meats, fruit, yogurts and full cooked breakfast normally comprising of , Fried eggs, Boiled eggs, omelettes, sausage , tomato, Bacon and beans. Pretty much the same every day but not a problem at all. Lovely dining area with views over the harbour. Service was OK and the staff would clear and reset a table if asked if they had not had time to action already.
Basilico restaurant: We ate here on two occasions and the Italian dishes were lovely and reasonably priced. The Salmone Pizza was amazing full of smoked salmon with prawns underneath on a nice base. Again a nice ambiance and not busy.
Star Bar: Great to chill out and I mean chill out. Its about 10 degs cooler in here than in other areas of the hotel. Ask for large cappuccino so you get a nice big cup. The coffee and cakes are lovely. Around 3 Euro for a nice piece of cake and 2 Euro for coffee. It was great to read the Maltese version ot the Times newspaper. Much less stuffy than the UK version.
Skipper bar : This is the bar on the roof ( 8th floor) where the pool is and the drinks here are reasonable and so are the sandwiches. You can charge to your room and pay at the end of your hol if you wish. Katarina is a lovely girl ( white framed sunglasses) and will always help with the sunshades which are a bit tricky. There is access through the doors for wheelchairs and disabled toilet facilities.
Swimming Pool: Well more of a dip tank really , about 20 feet long and 12 feet wide but ok for a cool off but no good at all for recreational swimming.
Pool Towels: These are supplied free by the hotel and are normally in your wardrobe. Some are quite worn but do the job just the same.
Lounge Bar: There is entertainment on a few times a week but we did not stay to watch as we found the seating area stuffy and poorly cooled and much preferred the Star Bar. There was normally a duo playing.
Summary: Loved the hotel as it is in a great position with great views across Valletta. We would certainly go back and we found the staff friendly and attentive. Currently the bus service is a nightmare but will hopefully improve when the new bus company takes over next month. It is a bout 4 miles to walk into Valleta which will take about 1.5 hours and a taxi is 19 Euro in the white cabs so if going into Valleta try to avoid rush hour i.e go in before 5pm or after 10am. Its 50cents on the bus and 1.5 euro on the ferry which is a 10 min walk left as you come out of hotel , a blue boat wit Point written on it. The service is every 30 mins.
Best Trips : Open top bus ( Malta tours) north and south tour. You get better commentary on this service and book at reception and save a couple of euro. Also the Red hop on off which we have used before and are normally good gives only limited info and keeps advertising ( captive audience) Harbour tour with Luzzo cruises was better than captain morgan tour in my opinion but sit at the very front of the boat if poss for great views also the best views are if you sit on the right of the boat.
Favourite Restaurant close by: Tre Angeli 70 yds to the left as you come out of hotel. Food nice particularly Sea Bream but either sit outside or bar side in the bar area.
Warning: Only encountered one irritating person selling Captain Morgan trips and because we did not book with him he said we had booked on a sinking boat ( total rubbish) he is a thick set guy up near the ferry with glasses and if you have ever seen the Great Suprendo he looks like his brother. We were not the only people this guy has been rude to.
Cost of trips for budgeting: Hop on off tours, 13 Euro each with free harbour cruise but make sure you ask for it. Gozo tour and comino 45 Euro each.
We spent 900 Euro in 11 days and we were B&B.
Room Tip: Get bus into Valetta and ferry back. Steep hill
- Travel date: Sat 9th of July 2011
relaxing weeks holiday
"Chanced a week b&b on an island we love but at a hotel never used before and had a most relaxing week. The hotel was beyond expectation and well located for restaurants and other facilities. Ideal holiday for a week in the sun with no cares"
- Travel date: Thu 6th of August 2009
Just got home from a really enjoyable st...
"Just got home from a really enjoyable stay at the waterfront hotel. No problems or complaints. (not with the hotel anyway!). We were expecting temperatures of 30plus so the heat wasn't a shock, better than the 14 degrees which greeted us at Manchester airport. Our air conditioning was on three settings, the lowest we left on allnight, it could be left on or switched off completletely. Unfortunately we couldn't try a bus or any transport because of a public transport strike. The locals didn't seem to be able to do enough for us Brits, full of apologies because of the strike. Out while midnight plus every night, nice and relaxing, night life quiet. No hoodies or yobs like over here prowling the streets. The local youth were considerate and well mannered.
Beware of Brits masquerading as tourist information they are nothing to do with the tourist information, they are time share or holiday club touts!
We will go back to Malta, hopefully when there isn't a strike and would stay at the Waterfront Hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 19th of July 2008
My wife and i have just returned from a...
"My wife and i have just returned from a week in Malta which we enjoyed staying in The Waterfront Hotel in Sliema.We would raise a few points that anyone considering such a holiday might find helpful,the first being its four star rating, compared to UK hotels more like two to three would be fair . Early july is extemely hot in Malta and as we were put on the top floor with very weak a/c sleep was impossible ,a move down to floor five helped but it seemed that in both rooms a/c was switched off after bedtime,power on the island is very expensive apparently.Overall a reasonable hotel with stunning bay views and friendly staff,the Basilica restaurant was fine with good choice and after moving rooms we were very happy.We will return but earlier in the season as we found it much too hot for normal sightseeing.Sliema is very busy at night with a great atmosphere ,it was nice to wander after dark without feeling at risk.The road surfaces are terrible to match the driving skills ,dont use buses unless you have a strong spine,we had an opentop tour and i think my back will never be the same again.Our holiday was arranged with Thomson (Portland) and would use them for future holidays,Malta is a lovely island and we look forward to visiting again probably staying at the Waterfront "
- Travel date: Thu 10th of July 2008
I have just returned from a week at the...
"I have just returned from a week at the Waterfront Hotel. The staff were efficient and very polite at all times.
The room could not be faulted and the sea view with balcony made our holiday, the views are marvelous.
I took my mother aged 89 with us and she was treated with the utmost respect both in the hotel and generally on the island.
The food is not the best that I have had, but we did not go hungry although I was glad that we only booked B&B.
I will return to this hotel, probably in November."
- Travel date: Fri 4th of April 2008
The Waterfront hotel is a very nice hote...
"The Waterfront hotel is a very nice hotel. The rooms are really nice and the maid service is very good indeed.
If you like a good variety of food this hotel is not for you. They are very limited in their range of menus. The food is good quality but not very varied. They seem to think that the British only like roast dinners.
There is no entertainment except for one night a week when they have a man playing the organ. For some reason they do not like guests using the stairs in the hotel as they cordon them off, so if you don't like lifts its bad luck.
The rooftop pool area is quite nice and while we were there, there wasnât many children at all, certainly only children ages over eleven.
So if you want a quiet break with not much going on this hotel will be just right for you."
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of September 2007
Sausage or bacon
"We stayed for 2 weeks in March 2007 in a coutyard view room
The view was not inspiring at the lower levels but I guess the higher rooms on that side of the building would class as a sea view
The rooms are large, spotless and well maintained.
It was one of the quietest rooms I have, in my extensive travels, stayed in. There was no noise transmission between rooms so you could not hear someone using the toilet 5 rooms away. The A/C units in the courtyard were noisy but OK with windows shut.
Variety at breakfast was OK but the only difference day to day was that there was sausage on the hot buffet one day and fatty bacon the next. A little more imagination required!
All in all would recommend this hotel"
- Travel date: Sun 11th of March 2007
Good hotel and great experience in Malta
"Feb 07. Just come back from spending 10 days at the Waterfront Hotel. Very pleasant, clean and CONVENIENT to all of Malta.
Be sure to ask for a top floor room facing the harbour.
The rooms were clean and comfortable. The bed was a little harder than I am used to but others may prefer that.
I wondered why the airconditioner sometimes did not work. Accidentally discovered that a cutout switch is on the sliding door to the small balcony. The staff leave that door open a fraction after cleaning. So if you want heat or cold, make sure the sliding door is firmly closed.
Nice feature was the safe which enabled me to lock away my laptop when away for the day. WiFi is only available in foyer on ground floor, not bedrooms. A bit of a nuisance, especially when one has to plug into the lamp power sockets. Two day and five day internet vouchers are available at desk.
Pleasant helpful staff, and meals excellent.
A good time of the year to visit Malta. Not crowded. Happen to arrive at a carnival time. Great street entertainment throughout the the island. I took advantage of 5 daily tours. A little easier than finding one's way about the island by car or bus. Loved those antiquated buses. Everyone speaks English. Be sure to go to Gozo the little island to the west, and watch "The Malta Experience."
I probably won't go to Malta again, but glad I did once. So much history and the story of the Knights of Malta and the WW11 is fascinating. I imagine committed Catholics would be inspired by the many churches.
- Travel date: Wed 28th of February 2007